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  • ross1948 07:31 on December 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Coach, Face Bar, Grand Indonesia, , Miller's Arms, Red Lion, shop, The Doctor's   

    Life-Long Learning! So ‘Coach’ Is A Shop, NOT A Pub? 

    As mentioned now and then, one of my favourite pastimes is reading.

    My constant to-ing and fro-ing around Jakarta, on the buses, meeting up with people I like to talk to, means I read a lot of books, two paperbacks per week, at least.


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    Some of the stuff I read is gripping fiction, like Gerald Seymour’s ‘Traitor’s Kiss,’ a spy story set mostly in Kaliningrad, the Russian enclave on the Baltic…


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    …which used to be East Prussia, whose capital, Königsberg, was one of the jewels of the imperial Hohenzollern dynasty.

    Seymour does thorough research and I learned a lot about the place that I never knew before. It’s pleasing to savour a ripping yarn and find out fresh facts whilst doing so.

    Some of my other reading is fairly undemanding, yet as long as there’s a coherent story-line, I persevere, because it can take four or more hours…



    …especially on a Friday arvo rush-hour, to get home on the TransJakarta Busway from the places I tend to hang out.

    A good, or even a mediocre book is invaluable in such circumstances.

    Even a novel I wade through slowly can help clear up questions I’ve often asked myself but never got round to answering.



    Like that cafe-bar at Bunderan H.I., which is visible from the busway route, a posh-looking sort of place, on the east side of the huge Grand Indonesia mall.

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    Or so I imagined it was – a cafe-bar, that is!

    The sign certainly does nothing to disabuse passers-by of that assumption, suggesting as it does a haven for merry travellers seeking a hostelry!

    Yet thanks to a crime story I read last month, I learned that ‘Coach’ is a shop!

    It sells women’s bags and things like that.


    So now I know.

    Funny name for a shop, I say, or you may say why did I imagine it was a cafe-bar?

    Well, bars these days often have funny-peculiar names, not traditional ones like the Rover’s Return, or the Miller’s Arms.

    Nor useful ones, like ‘The Doctor’s’ – named precisely so regulars could ring their wives and lie as to their whereabouts!

    There’s one in Jakarta called ‘Immigrant.’ Despite its name, I’m told it’s a respectable watering-hole.

    And there’s another called ‘Face Bar.’ Weird name, but a perfectly acceptable place – I was in there one time this year.

    However, bar or shop, I won’t be darkening Coach’s doors.

    Word is, it’s VERY expensive.

    PS – Regarding Jakarta bars and their names, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention PUBLIK HOUSE , at Belora, just south of the Tosari Busway stop, which I haven’t ever entered but regularly admire from my buses.


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    Such simplicity in choice of name is admirable, and not only do they have all-you-can-drink wine on Saturdays, 6pm till 10pm, for under Rp.300K – tel 021 3153527 to check this is still going on…



    ….-but it’s also handy for the Puspita, an old traditional dangdut place, just round the corner! 

  • ross1948 10:34 on October 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , golliwog poll, , shop, whining minorities   

    Please Be ‘Offended’ – And Vote In This Poll! 

    I don’t get offended easily.

    Outraged, yes, when I watch CNN.

    Fake News = Hate News, So Stop CNN Incitement! 

    Appalled, absolutely,  when I read The Guardian.

    What Next, Guardian? Posthumous Column By Ian Brady? 

    But offended?

    Yeah, maybe, but that’s my problem. Life is not meant to be easy and if you or I get offended now and then, tough!

    Suck it up, grow up and get on with it.


    That’s what I would say to an uptight, arrogant Aborigine named Ben, in Brisbane, who doesn’t like golliwogs.


    The intolerant ass saw some on sale in a shop. And he was ‘offended,’ although nobody was trying to force him to buy one. He ‘complained.

    How dare he?

    I AM OFFENDED, on behalf of all the other, less uptight people, normal people, who don’t get as easily ‘offended’ as Bleating Ben, and who have every right to buy a golliwog, just as that Australian shop has every right to sell them!

    If you agree, please follow that link and vote in the newspaper’s poll!

    PS – so far, the uptight intolerants are losing, badly!

    • Keith Milner 11:22 on October 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Why do these people whine so much?
      If they want to stop their own children from the fun of playing with a golly, that’s up to them.

      They have no right at all to stop shops selling them, or me or anyone else buying a golly in a shop for my kids, my friends kids, or even just as an item to put on the mantlepiece to offend leftwing visitors!


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